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Screenwriting 101: Script Criteria Checklist

As you probably know, finishing (or finding) a script is only the beginning of any moviemaker’s odyssey from page to screen.<p>With so many different …

Your Creativity Might Be Stifled By Your Expertise

It's great to be an expert, right? Of course it is. But is it possible that your expertise is actually undermining your ability to think creatively and be open to new ideas? Recent research has revealed that this is exactly what can happen.<p>Innovation--by definition--includes an element of newness. …

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Exposing the hidden history of computer hacking

<b>In 1998, Chris Wysopal and friends discovered a way to shut down the internet.</b><p>With just 30 minutes of work they believed they could do enough damage to stop the world wide network operating for a couple of days.<p>They told people about what they found but not in a chat channel or discussion forum. …

'Paranormal Activity': A marketing campaign so ingenious it's scary

Every so often, the marketing campaign for a movie is itself a work of art. A famous example is <i>The Blair Witch Project</i> (1999), which was advertised …

Why we like exorcist movies: They don't just showcase the Devil, they conjure up God too

Last weekend, when I went to see <i>The Conjuring</i>, I expected to be scared, and I also thought that I was walking into a haunted-house movie. It …

EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best demon movies

<i>With Halloween fast approaching,</i> EW <i>is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top</i> …

EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best zombie movies

<i>With Halloween fast approaching,</i> EW <i>is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top</i> …

The Sixth Sense: the film that frightened me most

I’m in my 20s and I can’t pee at night without thinking about Haley Joel Osment.<p>There is always a moment, mid-urination, where my mind adjusts and suddenly I am all too aware that I managed not to die while walking from bedroom to bathroom in the dark. But, with all the logical dread my bleary mind …

Threads: the film that frightened me most

I have never regarded myself as a hardcore horror fan, although no cinephile can possibly deny the genre’s habitual brilliance and flair. Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and Friedkin’s The Exorcist are masterpieces – and there is a real case to be made, incidentally, for the first Saw, by James Wan, now …

Ring: the film that frightened me most

My Uncle Vince will tell you that the scariest film I’ve ever seen is Return to Oz. This is purely because, when he took me to see it in 1985, I immediately embarked upon such a sustained series of full-volume terror-fits that we were forced to leave halfway though. I was four years old. Who takes …

Blair Witch Project: the film that frightened me most

I like to think of myself as pretty unscareable when it comes to horror movies. Ghosts, psychos, dolls, devil-worshippers, people being forced to eat their own entrails – bring it on! Perhaps some people have an “it’s only a movie” mechanism that kicks in when confronted with horror imagery. …

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the film that frightened me most

At the age of 12 I was attacked by a farmer. The farmer saw us as vermin and in a sense he was right. Each day after school my friend Carl and I would trespass on his land and climb up in his barn. We built camps in the hay, hurled the bales at each other and strolled out flushed and elated from a …